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FNBM Launches Charity Champions

Program to benefit charitable organizations in the Central Texas community.

Program to benefit charitable organizations in the Central Texas community.

July 8, 2014

WACO, Texas -

First National Bank McGregor today announced the launch of its new program entitled "Charity Champions" to benefit charitable organizations in the Central Texas community, while commemorating the bank's 125th anniversary in 2014. The bank wants to celebrate this milestone by developing a new non-profit leadership program which will empower local charities for years to come. During the summer of 2014, six non-profits will be selected, and First National Bank McGregor will cover costs associated with a 360 Solutions executive training series held in early 2015 to further the organizations' missions. Each of the six will also be recognized during one of the six Baylor University football games played at McLane Stadium during its inaugural season.

"As fortune would have it, the 125th anniversary of the bank and the historic opening of the new Baylor McLane Stadium happen to fall within the same year," said Mike Beard, chairman of First National Bank McGregor. "Such a coincidence is cause for celebration and an opportunity to give back to the community that has treated us so well."

To be considered as a First National Bank McGregor Charity Champions candidate, visit the program site www.fnb-mcgregor.com/charity-champions to register. To qualify, an organization must have a service office located in Bell, Coryell or McLennan county. First National Bank McGregor president David Littlewood explained that, through Charity Champions, the bank hopes to establish an endearing, community-based program that will help organizations already working to make a difference in our area.

"Our customers and the communities of Central Texas are the reasons First National Bank McGregor is still here after 125 years, and we want to continue to help meet their needs," said Littlewood. "That always has been and always will be our mission, and it certainly remains the focus of our 125th celebration throughout 2014."

Benefits of being selected one of the 2014 First National Bank McGregor Charity Champions include:
• Live, on-field presentation at one of six Baylor University's home football games.
• Video presentation about the organization played on McLane Stadium's video board at the game.
• Charity spotlighted in radio interview during Baylor Alumni Network Tailgate Show.
• Exposure in First National Bank McGregor and Baylor Athletics' social media, digital marketing, radio and print advertising, with campaign hashtags of: #FNB125, #CharityChampions, #Bank125th, #YourBank4Life. Promoted on social media networks on Facebook at: Charity Champions, on Twitter at: FNB Champions and on Instagram under the handle FNB_Charity_Champions.
• First National Bank of McGregor will cover costs associated with a 360 Solutions executive training series for the leadership of charitable organizations. This will help them maximize their organizations' positive impact.

360 Solutions is an international organization with over 500 strategic partners throughout world, specializing in professional and executive development. The company plans to donate its time and training for leaders of non-profits chosen as Charity Champions. This non-profit leadership series will be hosted in Central Texas and is set to launch in early 2015. Training will be open to other organizations at a minimal cost. First National Bank McGregor and 360 Solutions leadership have both pledged to reach out to other area businesses and individuals to raise scholarship funds to help others afford the training.

"People are the most important asset any business or non-profit has, and quality training and development for leaders is frequently cost-prohibitive for charities," said 360 Solutions CEO and founder, Chip Wilson. "We want to partner with First National Bank McGregor to make a lasting impact upon the Central Texas community by grooming and empowering these up-and-coming leaders with knowledge and skills to better serve their organizations."